Gina Wohlsdorf’s Security takes place in a newly built luxury hotel, Manderley Resort, in California. The hotel is opening very soon and all the workers are scurrying around trying to put the finishing touches on everything. The resort owner, Charles Destin, is a complete jackalope who believes that he can inspire people to work harder by coming by the site periodically and screaming at them. The hotel is marketing itself as an extremely private and secure resort, especially for celebrities and politicians. One whole floor is devoted to the security team and no-one else has access to that floor. There are lots and lots of cameras-some the staff know about but most they do not. Also, the staff has been assured that there is no audio but there is. There is a secret security elevator that is much faster than the public one and is available to only a couple people. The main character, Tessa, is the owner’s on site boss and even though she eats, sleeps, and works at the work site (and is sleeping with the head of security), she has no idea about most of these things either. All of a sudden, staff start disappearing (they aren’t really disappearing, they just keep getting murdered in random places throughout the vast hotel) and as if the grand opening and hunting down errant staff members isn’t enough to deal with, someone from Tessa’s past shows up.

I liked how the author writes parts of the books split screen style as if you the reader are in front of multiple security screens. There is a sex scene that seems to go on endlessly so I started to get a little bored but other than that I thought it was a great read!

Stacy W.